Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education. By Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog

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Title Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education. By Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog
 
Creator Fazeli, Saman
 
Subject Violent Extremism
Education
Diego Gambetta
Steffen Hertog
jihad
engineers
 
Description Perhaps it’s hard to imagine an engineer who is also a poet. After all, there seems to be a stark difference between the skills required by each profession. The dichotomy is undergirded by the notion that—whether engineering conditions engineers to act in particular ways, or engineers are born with a certain mindset—engineers possess certain traits, which lead them to do some things rather than others. The present title, Engineers of Jihad, examines the connection between education and another trait: the capacity for violence. The authors are particularly interested in why there is a disproportionate number (indeed, a significant overrepresentation) of engineers among the ranks of Muslim extremists. Based on this observation, they conclude that engineers are more prone to radicalization than other university graduates (11-16). Although the data could be explained by another hypothesis (there is a higher demand for engineers in extremistgroups), the authors maintain that engineers possess certain character traits that predispose them to radicalization (164).
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Publisher The International Institute of Islamic Thought
 
Date 2020-05-16
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Non-refereed Book Review
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://ajis.org/index.php/ajiss/article/view/546
10.35632/ajiss.v37i1-2.546
 
Source American Journal of Islam and Society; Vol. 37 No. 1-2 (2020): AMERICAN JOURNAL of ISLAM AND SOCIETY; 174-176
2690-3741
2690-3733
10.35632/ajiss.v37i1-2
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ajis.org/index.php/ajiss/article/view/546/419
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 International Institute of Islamic Thought
 

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